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English Language Arts and Mathematics - High School


Below is the research linking arts strategies to specific success at the high school level in English Language Arts and Mathematics.  Click on any of the study citations to link to a full summary of the study in ArtsEdSearch, the online database of arts education research.



English Language Arts - Reading


  • Through instruction in drama, students learn strategies that help them understand complex texts (Seidel, 1999) and build upon their reading comprehension skills (Podlozny, 2000). 

  • As compared to peers without drama instruction, students in drama programming are twenty percent more likely to be advanced readers by grade twelve and demonstrate improved academic performance on reading assessments (Catterall & Chapleau, 1999). 


English Language Arts - Writing


  •  Participation in arts programming helps high school students hone their creative and explanatory writing abilities (Horn, 1992; Peppler, 2010).

  • In addition to strengthening their skills as writers, students in spoken word programs build positive self-identities, develop meaningful relationships with adults, and forge closer ties to their communities (Weinstein, 2010).


English Language Arts - Speaking and Listening



English Language Arts - Language



English Language Arts - Skills and Competencies


Mathematics - Skills and Competencies



  • Arts education develops students’ capacity to persist in the face of a challenge. Through arts study, students improve in their ability to turn barriers into opportunities, overcome difficulty in completing complex tasks, and sustain attention—habits of mind that students then transfer to their academic pursuits (Baum, Oreck, & McCartney, 1999; DeMoss & Morris, 2002).






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